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Burgundy — the beverage that would fill the Holy Grail!

 
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2014 Mercurey Domaine Faiveley   2011 Corton Clos des Cortons Domaine Faiveley   2014 Chassagne-Montrachet Château de la Maltroye   2014 Puligny-Montrachet Paul Pernot et ses Fils   2014 Bourgogne Chardonnay Réserve Bouchard Père & Fils   2014 Mâcon-Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay
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2014 Mercurey Domaine Faiveley

Mercurey in the Cote Chalonnaise is the largest appellation in all of Burgundy with over 650 hectares under vine. Domaine Faiveley's village Mercurey is sourced from 5 parcels spread throughout the appellation for a little over 38 hectares. The oldest plantings of these vines dates back as far as 1962. The soils are primarily clay and limestone. The grapes are hand harvested, sorted and pressed on site in Mercurey. Following vinification the young wines are brought to the domaine cellars in Nuits-Saint-Georges for aging in a combination of stainless steel and oak for 12 to 14 months prior to release. The wine is a lovely translucent cherry skin red in color; with aromas suggesting spicy, peppery Pinot noir with a hint of vineyard floor and something like freshly roasted coffee bean; supple, silken-textured (for those that love a typical Burgundy, this one makes the tongue just sing), then gently flavorful and enticing, just piquant, mouthwatering; superb Burgundian Pinot noir at a price that also makes the purse-strings sing.

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case

2011 Corton Clos des Cortons Domaine Faiveley

Medium red. Ineffable nose and palate offer red fruits, minerals, spices and flowers, complicated by game, earth and leather. Sweet, concentrated and very intense, boasting outstanding density and a fine-grained texture, with salty minerality giving the wine a weightless impression that's remarkable considering its density. A strong tannic spine and brisk acidity energize and draw out the finish of this sharply delineated, pristine grand cru. Rated 94. - Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, March, 2014

$200.00 the bottle  $1020.00 the case of six

2014 Chassagne‑Montrachet Château de la Maltroye

Jean-Pierre Cournut did not present his 2015s this spring as they were just beginning their malolactic fermentations at the time of my visit. But he did pull a set of 2014s from his private stock, as he’s a partisan of this vintage: he told me that he has cellared quite a good supply of these high-acid wines for his son born that year. "The 2014s are very concentrated wines, with a touch of positive greenness," he told me. "They have the freshness of 2013 but with more body. And they're more vibrant than the 2012s." The '14s were bottled last September. From The 2014 White Burgundies: What's Not To Like? by Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, September, 2016

Pale lemon-green color. Vibrant nose offers scents of lime, white flowers and crushed stone. Delivers a light touch and excellent inner-mouth tension for a village wine, conveying a firm chalky mineral character without coming across as hard. Finishes classically dry and persistent. The crop level here was a healthy 52 hectoliters per hectare, according to Jean-Pierre Cournut. Drink 2018-2023. Rated 90. - Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, September, 2016. Regularly $52.50 the bottle, on sale now at 25% off:

$39.38 the bottle (that's $472.56 the case)

2014 Puligny-Montrachet Paul Pernot et ses Fils

Paul Pernot quietly produces among the finest of white Burgundy wines from among the finest of its white wine vineyards and at a prices that are for this hallowed ground, at least, still within reason. And their village level Puligny is a most useful and delicious wine what with pristine Chardonnay aromas that channel the very gist of white Burgundy with aspects of wet stone and soil and then a hint of flower and citrus; firm as the rocky soils on which it is grown and Puligny in every sense, at once delicate and powerful and dry with that firm stony underpinning, full of nerve and verve to the finish. Regularly $57.50 the bottle, on sale now at 25% off:

$43.13 the bottle (that's $517.56 the case)

2014 Bourgogne Chardonnay Réserve Bouchard Père & Fils

Settled in the heart of the Côte de Beaune since 1731, Bouchard Père & Fils know well the qualities of the terroirs of this southern section of the Côte d'Or. For their Bourgogne Blanc Réserve, they have selected fine Chardonnay fruit from various parcels of vineyard for their complementary qualities. The result is a delicious if less expensive white Burgundy that would serve as a worthy entrée to the far more expensive white wines from the Côte de Beaune. Pale yellow gold in color with aromas of citrus and stone and just a subtle toast from oak; at once smooth and round and crisp and compelling on the tongue with a fine delicate flavor, and a freshness and satisfyingness that belie its ever so reasonable price.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

2014 Mâcon-Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay

The Les Charmes vineyard near the village of Lugny in the Mâconnais region of southern Burgundy is prized for its exceptional southern exposure and for the age of its vines, averaging some 40 years of age on the whole. Around here, we prize its production as among the surest of bets for value in dry white wine. Vinified entirely in stainless steel and bottled sans bois, that is, unlumbered, 100% unencumbered by oak, at the nearby Cave de Lugny; green-gold in color, the wine is fresh and vibrant with aromas that would suggest hazelnut, citrus flower and acacia honeys on a foundation of refreshing summer rains on limestone; medium-bodied, ample in weight, with a clean, crisp and lasting flavor on the finish. Given the consistently excellent quality and its extremely fair price, it’s not much wonder that Mâcon-Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay is among the best-selling of white Burgundies in the United States!

$12.99 the bottle  $132.48 the case


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